Scientific Name: Panthera pardus orientalis
Status: Critically Endangered
Number Remaining: estimated 60
Average Length: 32 to 35 inches
Average Weight: 71-106 pounds
This rare subspecies of leopard has adapted to live in the temperate forests of the Russian Far East and northeastern Chinese provinces. They are known to hide their kills to save it from other predators and eat later. They can also jump up to 20 feet horizontally and 10 feet vertically.
Amur leopards are currently threatened by shrinking prey tracts and the illegal wildlife trade. Due to logging and poaching of the prey species, such as roe deer and sika deer, the Amur leopards' food source is dwindling. Their fur is also a coveted resource, fetching up to $1,000 per pelt.
Fortunately, conservation efforts are working! The number of Amur Leopards was down to 30 in 2007 and has doubled in just a few years.
Amur Leopards in the News:
How You Can Help:
- World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the Amur Leopard, conservation efforts, and what you can do to help ensure the species' survival.
- Amur Leopard & Tiger Alliance: Learn more about their conservation efforts and the partnerships with zoos around the world.
- WCS Russia: Learn how Russia is trying to protect one's the world's rarest cats.